Mission Statement

East Central College will be the Innovative Premier Educational Provider of HVAC Technology with Advanced Concepts in Energy Solutions.

The Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning program offers an Associates of Applied Science or Certificate of Specialization.  Students will learn the basics of installation, maintenance, and repair, preparing them to enter the workforce as technicians. Today’s air conditioning and heating systems control the temperature, humidity, and cleanliness of the air in homes, offices, factories, and schools as people find ways to make their environment comfortable.

Controlling the environment is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Modern refrigeration systems make it possible to safely store food, drugs, and other perishable items. Energy efficiency and the cost of operation of HVAC/R equipment affect us all as a society and individuals.

East Central offers two tracks in HVAC/R including a Day and Evening part-time option. Please consult degree plans and meet with the ECC HVAC/R Program Coordinator/Instructor for advisement.

HVC Program Outcomes (PDF)

Degrees & Certificates


HVAC/R, AAS

Program Description

Controlling the environment is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Modern refrigeration systems make it possible to safely store food, drugs, and other perishable items. Energy efficiency and the cost of operation of HVAC/R equipment affect us all as a society and individuals. Today’s air conditioning and heating systems control the temperature, humidity, and cleanliness of the air in homes, offices, factories, and schools as people find ways to make their environment comfortable. Students will learn the basics of installation, maintenance, and repair, preparing them to enter the workforce as technicians.

  • Air Distribution and Indoor Air Quality
  • Heating Systems and Troubleshooting
  • HVAC Automation Controls
  • HVAC Duct Systems
  • HVAC Commissioning and Conservation
  • HVAC Preventative Maintenance
  • Refrigeration Fundamentals
  • EPA Licensure

Program Format

The Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning degree is a two-year program and program-specific courses are offered in a block schedule format with subsequent progressive learning in both theory lectures and lab exercises. A student will choose a morning or an evening program pathway for heating and cooling courses. The program has a blend of HVAC coursework, career preparation, and EPA certification testing. Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration will take additional general education courses such as math, English, written/oral communications, and history.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Technical/Equipment: Program graduates will demonstrate the technical knowledge and skills required to use industry equipment appropriately for employment in the field of HVAC-R. Graduates will also be required to pass the EPA 608 certification along with a strong working knowledge of Codes to include OSHA.
  2. Safety: Program graduates will demonstrate safety protocols in the field of HVAC-R by consistently applying and adhering to current industry safety standards.
  3. Problem Solving: Program graduates will demonstrate the ability to use a variety of techniques in solving problems presented in the field of HVAC-R.
  4. Communication: Students will be able to demonstrate the professionalism and customer service required of a trained technician.  Graduates will effectively communicate the technical content of the field, both written and orally.

 

HVAC/R, Certificate of Achievement

Program Format

The Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Certificate of Achievement is a two-semester program with specific HVAC/R courses. Like the degree, a student seeking the certificate of achievement is offered in a block schedule format with subsequent progressive learning in both theory lectures and lab exercises. A student will choose a morning or an evening program pathway for heating and cooling courses. The program has a blend of HVAC coursework, career preparation, and EPA certification testing.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Technical/Equipment: Program graduates will demonstrate the technical knowledge and skills required to use industry equipment appropriately for employment in the field of HVAC-R. Graduates will also be required to pass the EPA 608 certification along with a strong working knowledge of Codes to include OSHA.
  2. Safety: Program graduates will demonstrate safety protocols in the field of HVAC-R by consistently applying and adhering to current industry safety standards.
  3. Problem Solving: Program graduates will demonstrate the ability to use a variety of techniques in solving problems presented in the field of HVAC-R.

The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning program has one degree and one certificate offering for students to consider. The degree and certificate are based on the number of credit hours needed for completion.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree

The Certificate of Achievement in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Brian Watson
Program Coordinator/HVAC Instructor
Office Phone: 636-649-5823
Front Desk Phone: 636-649-5803
brian.watson@eastcentral.edu

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